My wife knows she'll never get me aboard one of those things. Thankfully she's not bothered by it at all.
I do a "cruise" of sorts every month or so and have seen how fast a case of Norwalk can take down an entire crew and make life not worth living on board. I also know how much we practice our drills for fire, man overboard, medical issues, etc...and it's an all for one thing. The crews on board these vessels might be very well trained but when you toss thousands of possibly drunk vacation goers into the mix who think that boat ain't never gonna sink...well...it scares me. Then again, this might be a case of being a little over educated on the matter.
I know this is off track, but when I saw all that crap about the Costa Concordia I reaffirmed why Norwegian, Princess, et al, will never get a red cent out of me. I am far from a seasoned mariner but I do know right from wrong at sea and I do know how long it takes to muster 100 people during a drill, let along if the thing's going up in flames or sinking.
And those who have paid attention to my posts know that I don't get frightened off of things very easily. Heck, I still hate the chopper ride to work but that wouldn't stop me from a pleasure flight, y'know? Life offshore whilst paying someone else for the pleasure? Nope. I dunno, these cases evoke a lot of different feelings in me.